Villanovan Bronze Spear Blade
An ancient Villanovan socketed bronze spear blade with a faceted tapering shaft pierced on either side.
Bronze spearheads of similar shape have been found in Villanovan tombs, where they may have had a symbolic function. The deposition of arms and armor in graves may have symbolized the high social status of the deceased, usually a male, perhaps as a member of the warrior elite.
Cf. H. Hencken, Tarquinia, Villanovans and Early Etruscans, Peabody Museum, (Cambridge, 1968), figs. 162, 176, 180.
Formerly in a Canadian private collection.